PFF’s selection may not surprise you
Looking back at the first half of the 2020 NFL season which player on the New York Giants would you say has been a surprise, whether it’s good or bad? Black Martinez? Wayne Gallman? Evan Engram? Andrew Thomas?
Well Pro Football Focus has released a list of one surprising player from each team in the NFL and for the New York Giants, offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler made the list and it’s for the wrong reasons.
Here’s what Ben Linsey of PFF wrote about Zeitler:
The Giants’ offensive line had clear question marks coming into the season, but Zeitler was supposed to be a reliable cornerstone. The lowest PFF grade of his career was 73.2 in 2017, and he has profiled as one of the best pass-protecting guards in the NFL for years in his time with Cincinnati, Cleveland and New York this past season. Zeitler hasn’t been that reliable presence at right guard this season. His 20 pressures allowed are already more than he allowed in four of his eight seasons, and his 59.6 overall grade is easily a career low. His name was floated in trade rumors at the deadline, but it looks like he’ll have the rest of the season with the Giants to try to right the ship.
Zeitler hasn’t been great this season which is why Giants’ head coach Joe Judge has been willing to shuffle his young offensive lineman in and out no matter if there’s a veteran like Zeitler on the field. New York knows that he isn’t isn’t in their long-term plans and they need to start getting ready for life without him as his prime passes.
My most surprising player this season for the Giants in a good way has been Wayne Gallman. I wonder if the Giants had known how well he would be playing if they would have stilled signed Devonta Freeman, who now can’t stay healthy.